Senate Meeting Rules

Dividing the Question


A motion may be altered by dividing it into two  (2) or more specified parts. Such division is not in order unless each part, as divided, can stand by itself irrespective of the other part or parts.

1. Motion to Divide.

If a motion to divide is adopted, each part of the main motion (or amendment) becomes a separate motion in itself.

2. Consideration by Paragraph or Seriatim.

A report or long motion consisting of a series of resolutions, paragraphs, articles or sections may be considered by opening the different parts to debate and amendment separately, without a division of the question.